Irving Anderson Ewing of Robertsville, MO, departed this life at his home on June 15, 2018, having reached the age of eighty-seven years and twenty days. Irving was born in St. Louis, MO, on May 25, 1931, son of Robert Prophet Ewing and Louise Ewing nee Chatman. As a young man he was united in marriage to Deon Walker and blessed to have three children. In 1974, he began sharing his life with Bettie Williams three children blessed this relationship.
Irving is survived by one son, Derrick Weems and wife, Katrina, of Chicago, IL; by three daughters, Gail Ewing of South Holland, IL, Selina Horton of Robertsville, MO and Telisa Weems of Robertsville; by one sister, Deborah Gardner of St. Louis, MO; by eleven grandchildren, Keemeisha and Kayla of Chicago, Corina of Atlanta, GA, David of Chicago and Robert Jr. of the state of Virginia, Josiah, Delizha, Mahkyla, Jerimiah, Jada, and Derrick, all of Chicago; by two great-grandchildren; by his special cousins, Barbara Jean Burgess of Jefferson City, MO, Catherine Billups of Kirkwood, MO and Marvin Ewing of St. Louis, MO; by nieces, nephews, great, great-great and great-great-great-nieces and nephews, other cousins and many friends.
Irving was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Louise Ewing; by his life companion of forty years, Bettie Williams; by his brother, Charles Ewing; by one son, Robert Ewing, Sr., by one daughter, Regina Ewing Fielder.
Irving was a Christian, having given his life to the Lord at a young age at Pacific Baptist Church in Pacific, MO, where his grandfather, Monroe Ewing, served as Pastor. Irving was proud to have served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War, entering April 9, 1948 and receiving his honorable discharge on March 23, 1952. His family dedicated their lives to serving this country, as his father before him served in the United States Army, and his son and grandson went on to serve in the United States Navy after him. Irving had attended the St. Louis Public schools and later received his barber's license from Tyler Barber College. He was also a certified craftsman in the restoration and repair of furniture. For about twenty years, Irving had been employed as a machine operator at American Flange Company in Carol Stream, IL. Irving was an outgoing man who would give the shirt off his back and help anyone in need. He loved to go fishing, watch televised sports and play solitaire. Traveling with his family was a favorite pastime after he retired. Nothing made him happier than the time he spent with his children and grandchildren and each held a special place in his heart.
A kind and loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, great, great-great and great-great-great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Committal services with full military honors was held at 12:30 PM on Thursday, July 5, 2018, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO, with the Rev. Marvin Ewing officiating. Memorials may be made to the family. The Ewing family entrusted the care of their loved one to Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, MO.